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Today’s internet-savvy students are starting their own businesses and forging their own path in life… and here is one prime example

“I’m a rebel when it comes to filming,” says Jamal Edwards, founder of SBTV, an online broadcaster of music promos, video interviews and impromptu live performances from the UK rap scene and beyond. “I’ll film absolutely everywhere, without permits or anything. This is a guerrilla operation.”

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Edwards started the channel in 2007, aged 16, after receiving a video camera for Christmas. At first, he trained the camera on his estate. “I was filming foxes in my garden. When I uploaded that, I got 1,000 views and I was like, ‘What? Let me just try something else.'”

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Spotting this opportunity, Edwards started filming London rappers freestyling on the street, backstage at gigs or in the back seats of cars. The performances, delivered straight to camera without studio gloss and posted online within days, are raw and often thrilling. But Edwards didn’t want to restrict himself to local unsigned talent or the grime scene.

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His attitude appears to be paying off. Edwards says the channel, which makes money from advertising, has racked up 50,000 subscribers and a total of 39 million video views. Last month, he signed a deal with Sony RCA to create his own imprint within the label, and the day before our interview he was hanging out with Britain’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell, who said SBTV was excellent.

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His friends think his rise from borderline dropout at Ealing College, where he completed a diploma in media and moving image, to budding media mogul is “mad… just mental”. He urges other young people with similar ambitions to “chase your dream, not the competition, because looking at the competition will cloud your vision and mess you up in the long run”.

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Our interview at an end, it’s now time to see the rebel in action. Edwards and Azonga slip off and I catch up with them in the underground car park of a supermarket. Edwards is already filming a rapper from Margate called English Frank, who rhymes with apocalyptic fury over a beat pumping out of his car stereo. Passing shoppers regard the scene with total bemusement.

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(adapted from The Guardian)

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Six paragraphs have been removed from the article. Choose from the paragraphs (AG) the one which fits each gap (16). There is one extra paragraph which you do not need to use.

At the time, grime music, the now ubiquitous hybrid of hip-hop and UK garage, was burgeoning. You wouldn’t find grime on mainstream TV channels—not yet—so artists disseminated videos of their work on DVD or YouTube. The space for an online channel dedicated to grime music was wide open.
Edwards admits that he often reflects on this very question. “Part of me says that I’m in this business for the love of the job, not for the money. But of course I couldn’t do it if I didn’t get an income. Without our advertisers, we wouldn’t exist.” Fortunately, a lack of sponsors is not something he needs worry about.
Recently, he and his eight-strong team have been filming the likes of Ellie Goulding, Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars. Even Justin Bieber has appeared before the SBTV cameras. “Narrow-minded people are like, ‘Ah, he’s filming all these pop stars,'” says Edwards, who dismisses their criticism with a shrug his shoulders.
Sound advice? But what’s next for Edwards? “My next step is to go to New York and work my way from the ground to the top, doing what I did here over there.” The competition will be stiff but he’s not fazed. “I’m a rebel. I’m not scared to do anything: that’s what makes me different,” he says.
We are sitting in the nerve centre of the operation: the kitchen of Edwards’s family home in Acton, west London. Waiting nearby is Tayong Azonga, a local rapper who, any minute now, will become SBTV’s next star performer.
When the singer has finished, he drives off. However, filming isn’t over yet. Azonga opens the door of his car, hits play on the stereo and turns to face the camera. He gives a shout-out to the channel, adjusts his cap and launches into a slick, motormouth rap. In a few days, tens of thousands of SBTV viewers will see his video featured alongside the likes of P Diddy and Jessie J. When Azonga is done, Edwards reviews the footage with satisfaction. “That,” he says with a grin, “was sick.”
With connections like these, the bio on Edwards’s Twitter account—”media mogul”—suddenly doesn’t seem like an exaggeration. When I ask him what the downsides are of being his own boss, Edwards says: “Everyone who works for me is older than me.” He pauses and grins. “OK, the oldest person is 24, but I’m a young boss. It’s a bit daunting telling people what to do.”

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